1,222 human trafficking victims rescued from January to August PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 August 2015 13:18

by Allen  Abastillas


A total of 1,222 would-be victims of human trafficking have been rescued by the Zamboanga City Sea- Based Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force together with the Bongao inter- Agency Anti-Trafficking Task Force from January to August this year.

Chief Insp. Alex Lorenzo, chief, Philippine Center on Transnational Crimes Western Mindanao Field Office (PCTCWMFO), said that out of the 1,222,  950 would-be victims were intercepted at the Zamboanga City Wharf,  113 rescue operations were conducted in different places in Zamboanga City,  Zamboanga Peninsula and in Bongao Tawi-Tawi.

According to Lorenzo, traffickers always use the country’s southern backdoor in taking victims to Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia which is the jump off  point to to destinations in the Middle East and Malaysia.

Once the victims set foot in Malaysia, they end up in to force labor and sex slaves especially females from 15 to 17 years old. Worst, some are operated of their vital organs that are sold to people in rich countries around the world.

Lorenzo said that illegal recruiters or traffickers use fake documents adn passports that are given to their victims. — Allen Abastillas